Lucio Tan's Company and State
Attempt to Break the Picket Lines of the Striking Workers of Tanduay
Tanduay Strike - Part I
Tanduay Strike - Part II
Tanduay Strike - Part III ■
Posted May 26, 2014
|Photos courtesy of Southern Tagalog Exposure and PAMANTIK-KMU|
May 24, 2015
Tanduay workers mark 1 week on strike, vow to intensify struggle for regularization
CABUYAO, LAGUNA – After one week of unrelenting violence from Lucio Tan’s security groups and hired goons, the Tanduay workers on strike vowed to intensify their struggle for the regularization of 397 contractuals saying that Lucio Tan “can never defeat the united strength of the workers and the people”.
Anse Are, president of Tanggulan Ugnayan Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA) condemned the new wave of repression from the Tanduay management when yesterday, March 24, two consecutive incidents caused injury of 20 workers and supporters.
Security forces and goons violently dispersed a separate protest of TUDLA who were joined by around 100 supporters from the National Capital Region (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, ACT Teachers Partylist, All UP Workers’ Union, Anakbayan, Anakpawis Partylist among others). At around 4:30PM, 200 security forces and goons mercilessly beat the protesters and threw rocks at them which even shattered a jeepney windshield. When the protesters returned to the picket line at Gate 2 at 5:30PM, the protesters were again bombarded with firetruck water, human excrement, and stones.
“Lucio Tan obviously has all the power and money to hire a whole army to protect his interest. Instead of giving in to the demands of workers who created his wealth, he tramples on our right to organization and freedom to express our grievances. We are not afraid and we vow to fortify our ranks in the coming days,” Are stressed.
Meanwhile, the workers express their gratitude to the people’s organizations which travelled across provinces just to give solidarity to the workers as well as the nearby communities of Laguna who sympathize with their struggle. One vendor, for example, gave several watermelons today to show support to the exhausted and hungry workers.
Also, at around 1:30PM today, workers from Sagara Metro Plastic Industrial Corporation conducted a solidarity program at the picket line. According to Ariel Velasquez, a worker of Sagara and chairperson of the Liga ng Mga Manggagawa Para sa Regular na Hanapbuhay, contractual workers from all over the country should unite to put an end to the exploitative conditions of companies.
“We see ourselves with the struggle of Tanduay workers, since their issue is no different from ours. The Aquino government’s policies on contractualization kills Filipinos and the only way to have a decent life is to fight for our rights,” Velasquez said.
Sagara’s workers were supposedly set for Certification Elections (CE) last April 8. But the Department of Labor and Employment unjustly cancelled their CE because of a memorandum issued by Malacañang (Presidential Decree 20-2011).
workers continue to urge the local government of Cabuyao headed by Mayor Jun
Hemedes and Vice-Mayor Atty. Mel Gecolea as well as the local Philippine
National Police to stand with the workers in holding Lucio Tan accountable
for his crimes. #
Youth groups condemn Tanduay Distillers management over strike repression
Youth groups Anakbayan, League of Filipino Students, and Student Christian Movement together with other sectoral organizations gathered at Tanduay Distillers Inc-Cabuyao Laguna to support the worker’s strike led by the Tanggulang Ugnayan Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA).
Anakbayan supported the workers’ calls for regularization and wage hike. They also condemned the Tanduay management for their strike repression.
“These workers have all the reason to launch a strike against Tanduay. Most of these workers have been working in Tanduay for 5 to 11 years, yet they are still contractual. They receive below minimum wages while Lucio Tan rakes in billions in profit,” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan National Chairperson.
“Aside from low wages, the management has also failed to provide workers with Personal Protective Equipments. Because of their contractual status most of these workers does not receive any substantial support and benefits from the management,” Crisostomo added.
Since the day when the strike was launched, the workers and their supporters has been continually harassed by Tanduay’s security forces and hired goons.
According to Kilusang Mayo Uno, the goons threw rocks at the protestors and harassed them by, for an example, illegally confiscating a DSLR camera.
“Dahil sa takot na mawalan ng malaking tubo walang alinlangan si Lucio Tan at Tanduay management sa paggamit ng dahas laban sa mga manggagawa at kanilang mga taga-suporta,” said Crisostomo.
The youth leader called on the Tanduay management to submit to the calls of their workers.
“Lucio Tan and the Tanduay management should submit to the calls of their workers because without their workers have primarily contributed their labor for the company’s development. It is only just for the Tanduay workers to call for better working conditions,” said Crisostomo.
The youth leader stated that the plight of the Tanduay workers proves the deplorable situation of every Filipino worker under the Aquino administration.
“Sa Ilalim ng kontra-manggagawang administrasyon ni Aquino, patuloy nag kontraktwalisasyon, ang pambabarat sa sahod, ang kawalan ng trabaho, ang hindi ligtas na kundisyon sa pagawa, ang kawalan ng benepisyo, at ang patuloy na pag atake sa karapatan ng mga manggagawa na mag-unyon,” said Crisostomo.
“Walang ibang pinagsisilbihan ang administrasyon ni Aquino kung hindi ang mga gaya ni Lucio Tan,” said Crisostomo.
Anakbayan and other progressive organizations vowed to continue the fight against for the rights of Filipino workers and called for Aquino’s ouster.
“Aquino has long been the scourging Filipino workers with his anti-worker policies. We cannot just stand idle at this injustice. We must oust this anti-worker president and build a government that will forward national industrialization,” Crisostomo concluded.
Reference: Vencer Crisostomo, 09399207114, @venzie
LIGA NG MANGGAGAWA PARA SA REGULAR NA HANAPBUHAY (LIGA)
Recent NCMB hearing result, new round of labor repression verify correctness of strike;
Urged more ‘contractual’ workers to do the same
The events in the past two days gave all the more reasons for the workers of a distillery plant at Laguna to endure and push forth with the now-six-day-old strike.
Yesterday, regional organizations from different sectors and provinces were present for a multisectoral protest at the picket line. Today, they are joined by a delegation from the national multisectoral organizations, led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).
Workers’ alliance Liga ng Manggagawa para sa Regular na Hanapbuhay (LIGA) chairperson Ariel Velasquez said that this will be an additional surge of energy for the striking workers.
“Day after day, we have more people coming in the picketline and sharing their support for the workers, knowing their plight; it is such a breath of fresh air compared to the plain violence from the mercenary goons, anti-worker policemen and callous local government,” said Velasquez.
On the other hand, the results of last Thursday’s hearing at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) brought more problems than it solved: with the management and a contracting agency only presenting its lawyers, only one contracting agency presented its job offering description – and even this was deprived to the workers, as it pulled it out counter to the recommendation of the arbiter.
Firm in their stand, the workers call for the management to be held accountable and face the workers at the board hearing, and push for the regularization of the 397 contractual workers under the company plant in Cabuyao.
Since the distillery workers’ strike, more associations and unions for workers deemed by the capitalist as contractuals have been formed and registered to the Department of Labor and Employment, guaranteed by the Constitutional right to organization.
These unions were formed in Manco Synthetic, Manila Cordage, Inc., Karzai, and just recently, in Asia Brewery Inc., where neighboring distillery workers strike.
Velasquez heads the alliance of such formations here.
“There is no question that the workers’ unity is spreading throughout factories in the region, as contractualization policies continue to spread in here,” added Velasquez.
Velasquez ended that such is the serious matter of contractualization, that is fought against by the workers, that it is not only an isolated case, but a national issue.
“It is undeniable that the nation now employs contractual, and not regular workers. It is then imperative for the people to show their unity. In the continuing call for justice for the slain Kentex workers, those who live in such conditions now unite to fight the common enemy that is the government’s continuing policy of contractualization and cheap labor in the nation,” concluded Velasquez. ###
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|Injuries suffered by the workers ▼|
May 23, 2015
(09204518863), Chairperson, PAMANTIK-KMU
Update as of 6:00PM -Day 6 (May 26)
Umakyat na sa bilang na 20 ang kumpirmadong nasaktan dahil sa dispersal (muling pamamalo at pambabato) ng mga sekyu at goons sa protesta sa Gate 3 kaninang 4:30PM at muling pagbobomba ng tubig at pambabato pagkabalik nila sa picket line sa Gate 2 ngayong 5:30PM. Kasalukuyang ginagamot ang mga nasugatan habang tuloy ang programa sa picket line.
Batid ng mga manggagawa ng TUDLA na malaking tao si Lucio Tan at kayang-kaya niyang bayaran ang libu-libong security guard maprotektahan lamang ang kaniyang interes. Subalit ganito ba ang kaniyang isinusukli sa mga manggagawang lumikha ng 'di-mabilang niyang produktong alak sa loob ng isang dekada?
Patuloy na nananawagan ang TUDLA at PAMANTIK-KMU na itaguyod ang karapatan ng mga manggagawa sa kanilang makatarungang welga. Nananawagan din sa kapulisan at lokal na pamahalaan ng alkaldeng si Jun Himedes at bise-alkaldeng Atty. Rommel Mel Gecoleana kung tunay naglilingkod sa mamamayan ay panagutin ang mga sekyu at goons na nananakit ng mga manggagawa at mga tao.
TULOY ANG WELGA PARA SA REGULARISASYON NG 397 MANGAGAWA NG TANDUAY! LUCIO TAN PASISTA AT GANID SA YAMAN!
PAGKAKAISA NG MANGGAGAWA SA TIMOG KATAGALUGAN-KILUSANG MAYO UNO (PAMANTIK-KMU)
(09273957876), President, TUDLA
Tanduay mgt still defiant in its ‘observer’ status as workers’ unions surge support for the strike
The Tanduay management remains indifferent to the calls of its workers for regularization while more unions from various factories in Southern Tagalog express support for the strike.
As of yesterday, a second hearing was conducted at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board attended by representatives from Tanggulang Ugnayang Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA), Tanduay management, the provincial and regional officers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the two agencies of Global Skills Providers Multi-purpose Cooperative and HD Manpower Service Cooperative. The Tanduay management, lead by plant manager Richard Teng, remain deaf to the pleas of the workers saying that they are only present in the hearing as an “observer” to the complaints which should only be addressed to the two agencies.
TUDLA and PAMANTIK-KMU however, reiterated that it is the sole accountabily of the Tanduay management - and not the two agencies - why the company is employing Labor Only Contracting (LOC), a practice which is deemed illegal under the Labor Code. The DoLE regional office requested copies of job descriptions from the agencies to be brought to the next hear on May 22, which is a favorable move for the workers since it will be exposed that the workers are indeed involved with production-related work – a solid grounding for their call for regularization.
As the fourth day of the Tanduay workers’ strike sets in, various labor unions led by regional labor center Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU) showed their support for the workers through different actions. They spearheaded mobile propaganda teams and information drives regarding the Tanduay workers’ plight. In a workers’ solidarity night yesterday, they also expressed statements of support to the Tanduay workers, which they said will be an inspiration in their further struggles as a whole.
“The issues Tanduay workers face are not exactly different from other factories in the country: massive contractualization, union-busting, low wages and repression are norms inside our labor force that have to be changed,” said Roque Polido, chairperson of PAMANTIK-KMU.
The TUDLA, which led the workers’ strike, expressed their gratitude to the workers’ support and hope for the victory of regularization for the 397 contractual workers. “It is true that our strike will not go on if not for our unity, and the support that other workers’ unions and other sectors give which has dictated our strength since day one,” said Anse Are, president of TUDLA.
Meanwhile, at least three buses full of scabs were seen entering the compound of the Asia Brewery through the Eton City-South Luzon Expressway route. Partial production inside the factory has reportedly resumed.
protest actions and solidarity events are to follow in the next days. ###
▲They came "to serve and protect"....▼
line before state and company security forces
attempted to disperse the striking workers ▼
May 18, 2015
(09204518863), Chairperson, PAMANTIK-KMU
WELGA NG MGA MANGGAGAWA NG TANDUAY PARA SA REGULAR NA HANAPBUHAY AT MAKATAONG KONDISYON SA PAGGAWA!
LUCIO TAN, IBIGAY ANG KAHILINGAN NG MGA KONTRAKTWAL NA TUNAY NA LUMILIKHA NG IYONG YAMAN!
Ganap na idinedeklara ng mga manggagawa ng Tanduay simula ngayon, Mayo 18, 2015, sa pangunguna ng Tanggulan Ugnayan Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA) ang isang WELGA PARA SA REGULAR NA HANAPBUHAY AT MAKATAONG KONDISYON SA PAGGAWA!
Sampu ng buong kasapian ng TUDLA at ng 397 manggagawang kontraktwal na bumubuo sa 90% ng kabuuang lakas-paggawa sa Tanduay Distiller Inc. dito sa Cabuyao, Laguna, KAMI AY MATAGAL NANG NAGTITIIS SA PAHIRAP NA KALAGAYAN SA LOOB NG PABRIKA! Karamihan sa aming mga kontraktwal ay 5 hanggang 11 taon nang nagtatrabaho ngunit nananatiling kontraktwal hanggang sa kasalukuyan – patuloy na nakapako sa napakababang sahod na P315 na maaari pang bumaba sa P255 floor wage dahil sa iskemang Two-Tiered Wage System, patuloy na walang natatanggap na makabuluhang benepisyong magtataas sa kalidad ng buhay ng aming pamilya, at higit sa lahat, patuloy kaming nasasadlak sa kawalang kaseguruhan sa trabaho dulot ng Labor Only Contracting o LOC ng kapitalistang Tanduay na iligal!
Tulad ng mga manggagawa ng Kentex sa Valenzuela na namatay kamakailan sa sunog dahil sa kawalan ng safety protocols, talamak din sa loob ng aming pagawaan ang kakapusan sa Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Madalas kaltas pa sa aming sahod kung kukuha ng PPE kaya’t maya’t maya ang naaksidente at nasusugat sa bubog dahil sa mga nababasag o sumasabog na bote. Ayaw naming magaya sa mga manggagawa ng Kentex na huli na at namatay dahil hindi naagapan ang ganitong problema, hangad din namin ang ligtas na kondisyon sa paggawa!
Dagdag pa rito, dilawan at nagbubulag-bulagan ang nakatayong unyon sa loob ng aming pagawaan kaya’t hindi umuunlad ang aming kalagayan.
Maayos naming sinunod ang paghahain ng petisyon para sa regularisasyon sa Department of Labor and Employment o DoLE, subalit mismong mga inspektor ng DoLE ay bayaran at kasabwat ni Lucio Tan! Sa pagsusumite ng resulta ng kanilang inspection noong Abril 28, inutil sila Jennifer Taip at Daisy Ramos sa mga pruweba ng paggamit ng LOC ng kumpanya at sa halip, tinawag pang “legal” ang dalawang agency ng Global Skills Providers Multi-purpose Cooperative at ang at HD Manpower Service Cooperative. Ang aming paglalantad sa kabulukan ng DoLE at ang kanilang pakikipagkuntsaba sa Tanduay ay lalo pang nagluwal ng panunupil sa aming mga manggagawa: ngayong Mayo 16, kumpirmadong ang higit 200 sa amin ay iligal na tatanggalin dahil lamang sa aming paninindigan para sa tama at makatarungang kondisyon sa paggawa!
Bago pa ito, samu’t saring panunupil na ang nararanasan namin mula sa management – kabilang na rito ang 5 araw na forced leave simula noong Abril 24, at ang sapilitang pagpapapirma sa waiver na mag-aatras sa aming laban para sa regularisasyon. Makailang beses nang binabantaan ang aming kasapian na tatanggalin o ‘di kaya’y berbal na inaabuso sa pagtatawag na “walang utang na loob”. Paano ito nangyaring kami pa ang “walang utang na loob” gayong dekada na kaming naninilbihan subalit wala man lamang kakapiranggot na ibinalik sa amin ng kumpanya sa napakalaking tubo na nakuha nito dahil sa aming likhang-produkto? Noong 2012 at 2013, umabot ng higit P10 BILYON at P12 BILYON ang Net Sales ng kumpanya, ibig sabihin walang pang gasingko sentimos ang nakukuhang pakinabang ng manggagawa mula rito! Si Lucio Tan mismo na hinirang ng Forbes Magazine bilang pangalawa sa pinakamayamang Pilipino sa kasalukuyan, ay nagkakahalaga ng $6.1 BILYON o P270 BILYON ang ari-arian! Kaya hindi kami naniniwalang mahirap maibigay ng Tanduay management ang aming kahilingan para sa regularisasyon, ito’y kapiraso lamang kung ikukumpara sa araw-araw na supertubong nahuhuthot nila dahil sa sagad-sagaring pagpapahirap nila sa amin.
Kaya buong lakas at tiwala naming ilulunsad ang WELGA PARA SA REGULAR NA HANAPBUHAY AT MAKATAONG KONDISYON SA PAGGAWA! Sapagkat ito na lamang ang aming nalalabing armas upang makamit ang katarungang matagal na naming hinahangad. Ngayon, kailanpaman, hinihingi namin ang suporta ninyong mga kapwa naming manggagawa, maging ng iba’t ibang sektor ng mamamayan: mga estudyante, propesyunal, magbubukid, taong-simbahan, makabayang pulitiko, at marami pang iba – patunayan nating kayang-kaya nating gapiin sa pamamagitan ng nagkakaisang tinig ng mga Pilipino ang tunay na nagpapahirap sa ating lahi – silang iilang mayayamang tulad ni Lucio Tan na marapat nang magising at magkaroon ng katiting na malasakit sa ating lahat na bumubuhay sa kaniyang negosyo!
Sama-sama nating ipagtagumpay ang WELGANG ito, sapagkat hindi lamang namin ito WELGA, kundi WELGA ito para sa lahat ng manggagawang kontraktwal na nagnanais maging regular, WELGA para sa disente at nakabubuhay na sahod at kalagayan sa paggawa, WELGA para sa mas mabuting kinabukasan para sa ating pamilya at mga anak!
IPAGTAGUMPAY ANG WELGA PARA SA REGULAR NA HANAPBUHAY AT MAKATAONG KONDISYON SA PAGGAWA! LUCIO TAN, GANID SA YAMAN! 397 MANGGAGAWANG KONTRAKTWAL NG TANDUAY, IREGULARISA!
IPAGBAWAL ANG MALAWAKANG KONTRAKTWALISASYON! ITIGIL ANG PANUNUPIL SA MGA MANGGAGAWA!
TUNAY NA UNYON NG MANGGAGAWA, ITAYO AT IPAGLABAN!
~TANGGULAN UGNAYANG DALUYANG LAKAS NG ANAKPAWIS SA TANDUAY DISTILLERS INC. (TUDLA)
MAYO 18, 2015
PAGKAKAISA NG MANGGAGAWA SA TIMOG KATAGALUGAN-KILUSANG MAYO UNO (PAMANTIK-KMU)
(09204518863), Chairperson, PAMANTIK-KMU
Lucio Tan committing grave human rights abuse to Tanduay workers on strike
CABUYAO, LAGUNA - We condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing human rights violations to the workers of Tanduay Distillers Inc. on strike due to the violence and harassment committed by the security group and hired goons of Lucio Tan.
Several incidents have already occurred since yesterday, May 18, when Tanduay workers, led by the Tanggulang Uganayan Daluyang Lakas ng Anakpawis sa Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TUDLA), launched their strike. The 397 contractual workers (comprising 90% of the total workforce) demand regularization and better working conditions.
As of 12:00NN of May 19, 2015, 50 individuals already have injuries ranging from bruises to cuts caused by security guards and hired goons that beat the workers with truncheons. The said security agents also threw rocks and glass bottles at the picket line simultaneous with surges of water cannon from within the compound’s firetruck. A DSLR camera was illegally confiscated by a security agent when the secondary picket line was dispersed this morning. As of press time, the said camera has not been returned. The local police and local government unit of Cabuyao also turn a blind eye to these incidents even if they are just meters away from the picket line.
This is but a desperate move from Lucio Tan and the Tanduay management. Instead of hearing the just plea of the workers, they treat them inhumanely with violence, provoking anger and insulting them like they were not the same workers who honestly labored inside the factory for years.
We firmly believe that the call of the Tanduay workers for regularization is not a difficult thing to do for the Tanduay management. With the numbers from the net sales of Tanduay products in 2012 and 2013 reach P12 billion and P10 billion respectively – is it wrong for workers to demand a fair share as reward for their hard-earned labor? Does Lucio Tan, a renowned business tycoon of several industries, really wish for workers to be mired in poverty while he continues to live luxuriously and oblivious to the people who made his wealth possible?
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has been deaf to TUDLA’s petition for regularization. Last April 28, two inspectors of DoLE Laguna Provincial Office justified that the two agencies (Global Skills Providers Multi-purpose Cooperative at ang at HD Manpower Service Cooperative) practicing Labor Only Contracting (LOC) were “legal”. Instead of reporting the truth on Tanduay’s involvement with LOC, the two inspectors only focused on “labor standards” and only gave recommendations to the agencies. Now, DoLE is even twisting the facts, saying that the workers have a high chance for regularization “if only they did not stage a strike” because they have, surprisingly, discovered that the 2 agencies had “expired contracts”.
In a dialogue yesterday with the National Conciliation Mediation Board attended by representatives from Tanduay, the 2 agencies and PAMANTIK-KMU – Richard Teng, plant manager of Tanduay stressed that he was only an “observer” of the labor dispute, when in fact, the Tanduay management is solely responsible for employing LOCs.
should stop with the lies and urge Lucio Tan and the Tanduay management to
concede with the workers’ demands for regularization. We remain firm with
our call: the Tanduay management must regularize all 397 contractual
workers and respect the rights of the workers for job security, decent
wages and benefits! #